FOI: bereavement services

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Dear Pembrokeshire College,

I am e-mailing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If you have any questions or need clarification to complete my request, I would be grateful if you could contact me prior to the deadline of 20 working days from receiving my request.

I’m looking for information regarding the bereavement services which are available in your university or college. Please could you answer the following:

+Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for students specific to bereavement? Y/N
+Do you offer any support or counselling services for students? Y/N
+Do you have an institution wide policy/guidance regarding caring for students following a bereavement? Y/N
+Do your policies or practices exclusively relate to support for students who have lost parents or does your support factor in other forms of bereavement, such as losing a sibling?
+Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering extensions and academic breaks in study after a bereavement?
+How much money did you allocate to counselling and support services for bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)?
+If you feel you would like to offer an opinion, would you say your institution feels you are offered enough from the Government in order to support students who have experienced bereavement while studying?

I understand that under the Act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm via e-mail that you have received this request.

Regards,
Georgia Coan + Poppy Damon
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Yours faithfully,

Poppy Damon

Maxine Thomas, Pembrokeshire College

Poppy

Thank you for your request the College will deal with the request under
its Freedom of Information Policy.

Yours sincerely 

Maxine Thomas

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From: Poppy Damon <[FOI #586747 email]>
Sent: 03 July 2019 17:35:45
To: Maxine Thomas
Subject: Freedom of Information request - FOI: bereavement services
 
Dear Pembrokeshire College,

I am e-mailing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

If you have any questions or need clarification to complete my request, I
would be grateful if you could contact me prior to the deadline of 20
working days from receiving my request.

I’m looking for information regarding the bereavement services which are
available in your university or college. Please could you answer the
following:

+Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for students
specific to bereavement? Y/N
+Do you offer any support or counselling services for students? Y/N
+Do you have an institution  wide policy/guidance regarding caring for
students following a bereavement? Y/N
+Do your policies or practices exclusively relate to support for students
who have lost parents or does your support factor in other forms of
bereavement, such as losing a sibling?
+Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering extensions
and academic breaks in study after a bereavement?
+How much money did you allocate to counselling and support services for
bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)?
+If you feel you would like to offer an opinion, would you say your
institution feels you are offered enough from the Government in order to
support students who have experienced bereavement while studying?

I understand that under the Act, I should be entitled to a response within
20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm via e-mail that
you have received this request.

Regards,
Georgia Coan + Poppy Damon
[Number Removed]

Yours faithfully,

Poppy Damon

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Lucy Clark, Pembrokeshire College

Dear Poppy and Georgia,

 

Thank you for your email requesting information under the Freedom of
Information Act,  I am pleased  to be able to provide you with the
following information highlighted in red:

 

Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for students
specific to bereavement – No the College does not offer special
provisions, we offer a full time counselling service staffed with a male
and female counsellor who are both registered with the BACP. The College
also offers an online counselling service. Bereavement is an issue that
would present within the service and for which learners would choose to
access the service.

 

+services for students? Y/N  The college has comprehensive well being and
support services for learners.

 

Do you have an institution  wide +policy/guidance regarding caring for
students following a bereavement? The College has a learner well being
strategy which is available from the College’s website under strategic
documents. It also has a safeguarding policy and a fitness to study
policy. These are available on the College’s website under policies.

 

Do your policies or practices exclusively relate to support for students
who have lost parents or does your support factor in other forms of
bereavement, such as losing a sibling?  - All types of bereavement are
covered in accessing the service.

 

+Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering extensions
and academic breaks in study after a bereavement? The College has a
fitness to study policy and supports extenuating circumstances for
learners who have suffered a close family bereavement.

 

+How much money did you allocate to counselling and support services for
bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)? We do not allocate a specific
amount of money as it is an issue that regularly presents in counselling
and is often one of a number of presenting issues.

 

+If you feel you would like to offer an opinion, would you say your
institution feels you are offered enough from the Government in order to
support students who have experienced bereavement while studying? The
College funds its own counselling service it does not receive any funding
directly to do so. I would not like to offer any further opinion on any
other matter.

 

I hope the information is useful to you.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Lucy Clark

Governance Officer Maternity Cover/ Swyddog Llywodraethu Cyflenwi
Mamolaeth

Coleg Sir Benfro  /  Pembrokeshire
College                                                 

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SA61 1SZ

 

Ffôn mewnol  /  Internal Tel:        315

Ffôn allanol  /  External Tel:           01437 753315

 

 

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